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with news out of the city. former new york city mayor ed koch has died. he was the face of the city in the '80s. known worldwide for a feisty style and for helping to rescue new york from near financial ruin. he died this morning. he was 88 years old. >>> we turn now to the price of gas, about to set a record for this time of the year. numbers out this morning have shown that prices have risen 13 cents in the last two weeks. the national average, $3.46 per gallon. you can blame a slowdown at refineries and the rising cost of crude oil. >>> and we're getting our first major read how the economy is faring thus far. 157,000 jobs were created. fewer than the economists had expected. the unemployment ticked up slightly. raising from 7.8% to 7.9%. >>> and a $30,000 reward is now being offered following the brazen murder of an assistant district attorney near dallas. mark hasse was ambushed by a masked gunman, shot five times while walking into court. investigators believe he may have been targeted for investigating the aryan brotherhood. >>> we have a developing story south of the border.
and plummeted to the ground in the city of luxor. people tried to jump for their lives. egyptian officials said at least 20 tourists were flying over luxor, when the balloon caught fire and plunged to the ground. christopher michelle is an american photographer. he was in another hot air balloon, close to the one that crashed. >> this is a popular tourist thing to do in luxor, which is to float over the ancient temples. there are eight or nine balloons. they do it almost every day. it's a fairly common activity. as we were coming in to land, i heard a loud explosion. saw smoke. i didn't realize it was another balloon. we were close to the ground. as you probably know, in the luxor, they burn the sugar cane. i assumed it was coming from the ground, not obviously one of the balloons. >> reporter: michelle said he couldn't see the other balloon until after his had landed safely. >> emergency vehicles started to arrive. over in next hour or two, we started to understand the extent of the tragedy. >> reporter: another woman described the scene to the bbc. >> it exploded in the air. and people were j
on this story from the beginning and joins us from midland city, alabama, with the latest. gio snshgs. >> reporter: amy, good morning. today the question, when will this little boy with autism be let go? police say he's not been physically harmed. this morning, drones like this are flying over the homemade underground bunker where police say this man, jimmy lee dykes, is holding a 5-year-old boy named ethan hostage. it has now been seven days since the 65-year-old stormed a school bus here in midland city, threatening the students on board before killing the driver and kidnapping ethan. >> he's like, i'll kill y'all. >> reporter: despite days of negotiations, police admit they have little to go on. few demands, no motive. no sense of when the standoff may end. >> it gives them more time to study the bunker. does he have any explosives? has he booby trapped the door? >> reporter: dykes is holding the boy in a remote part of southern alabama. they've been communicating with him through a ventilation pipe that leads to the bunker. they've used to it send the child comfort items -- a red
on the board. and it looks like an italian villa city. >> it sure does. >> it's just gorgeous. we salute you, capitola, california, and the rest of the great state. great stuff going on. 61 in san francisco. 67 at sacramento. even palm springs at 75. phoenix, you're a couple degrees above normal at 68 degrees. into the northeast, we're actually getting a little bit better. there was a light dusting of snow away from the coastline. big cities didn't get it. we're getting drier air. 46 in philadelphia. we'll say 42 in boston. >> little cold front drops into florida. but it's beautiful skies across the gulf coast today. we'll have more weather when we come back in a minute. >> thank you, sam. >>> and coming up on "gma," the high school sweetheart murder trial. a star football player accused of slashing his girlfriend to death. his defense is insanity. >>> and one cousin defending another. jenny mccarthy lashing out at the film critic who savaged melissa mccarthy in his review of "identity thief." now, the critic reveals why he stands by his review. >>> and it's our biggest valentine's day event
-old was in imminent danger. abc's gio benitez has the latest from midland city, alabama. gio, good morning. >> reporter: amy, good morning. so often, we're telling stories with truly tragic endings. but this day is different. this story is about a little boy's rescue. overnight, 5-year-old ethan, seen here in a photo obtained exclusively by abc news, was evaluated at a nearby hospital. he arrived sitting up on a stretcher. and this morning, his family tells abc news, he is in good spirits and appears unharmed. even playing with his toy dinosaur. >> ethan, he is doing fine. he's laughing, joking, playing, eating. >> reporter: the fbi says, after a week-long standoff, it finally made the call monday to raid the homemade, underground bunker, where 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes was holding the child hostage. sources tell abc news, the decision came after agents managed to insert a small, high-tech camera into the bunker to monitor dykes' movements. >> mr. dykes was holding a gun. fbi agents, fearing the child was in imminent danger, entered the bunker and rescued the child. >> reporter: in a mat
covering of snow. for that outer banks area. and all the way up, kind of skipped the new york city area but really pounded from boston to hyannisport pretty heavily. a good hit of snow. this storm, in some way was almost as powerful as the blizzardmaker. boston comes in with five inches of snow. up to 10 inches of snow in some locations there. the cold air dragging in behind. 12 below in saranac lake. new york city n the single digits this morning. the wind chills are brutally cold this morning. one more snowmaker we'll watch develop. north dakota on into minnesota. with the blizzard warning conditions this morning. but it's february, and every bit of it. josh? >> thank you, sam. paula faris, now, here with the top stories. >>> everyone is wondering what in the world is going on at the pump these days. we begin with something we all need that is getting a whole lot more expensive. the experts are not sure why. of course, we're talking gasoline. a new report finds that gasoline prices have skyrocketed by 42 cents a gallon in just the last month, much of that increase in the last few days
city, washington, d.c., raleigh, up to boston. the second low has oomph. it will probably produce more snow saturday night into sunday. we feel like boston will get anywhere from six to nine inches. quick look at the cold air that heads right after the two systems. goes all the way deep down south. look at atlanta going into the 30s. look at miami. early-morning windchills will probably be in those 30s, as well. we have high temperatures coming in the 40s. >> all right, sam, thank you so much. >>> coming up on "good morning america," breaking news in the case of olympic hero oscar pistorius. were there troubling signs that were ignored? >>> also, get ready to meet the miracle blizzard baby. ♪ that aroma calls to you ♪ time to jump in to something new ♪ ♪ ♪ the best part of wakin' up ♪ is folgers in your cup that retiring some day is even an option for sean and me. how'd you get comfortable enough to know you could really do it? well, planning, of course. and we got a lot of good advice. a few years ago, your mom and i put some money into a pacific life fixed annuity. it gua
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